Acquired: Pet store
Dublin, Pennsylvania, United States
Posted January 12, 2017
Summer was the easiest train I have ever had. We got her at a pet store and truthfully we were there for a goldfish! Haha!! The pet store claimed that her breed although is a mix is being produced more commonly and the proper breed term will soon be internationally accepted as an Aussie Elkhound. Regardless of breed specifics we fell in love with her at first sight and she with us. She was just dropped off of the truck and still had to be seen by the store's vet when I paid for her. So I had to wait for a few days to actually get to take her home, but we visited her both days twice a day and the pet store was more than accommodating. She was only 8 weeks when we brought her home. The training began the next day and wow was it easy. She was house-broken in 2 days, property trained in less than a week, meaning no leaving of my unfenced front yard or onto the connecting lawns of my neighbors as we live in a development. My wife and I do not believe in crating and we never had to do more for punishment than sit her in the corner for 30sec. to 1 minute. Obviously that means the first command we taught her was STAY. Which she picked up in a heartbeat.
We have 3 boys in the house between the ages of 8 and 12 and now a new one on the way. Summer loves her boys and often waits patiently for them in their beds when they are not home. She talks too! With a simple high pitched but not really loud "roh" we call it. It's similar to a quiet howl, and boy is it an attention getter. She loves to give "hugs" both human-like and canine(head-to-head nudge). Very family oriented and very healthy. She needs much exercise and attention and is perfect for families and couples with clashing work hours [I work 1st shift and my wife 2nd shift] so she is never alone for more than 4-5 hours, any longer and we leave her with a local family member.
If you are looking for a great breed medium sized dog (she only weighs 42lbs at 2.5 years) who is very active and loves the outdoors, timid, and over the top smart, then this breed of dogs are BEYOND PERFECT!! She loves to fetch and gets a minimum of 2 fetch outings per day. She has never stolen food from the table, is great with our two cats, knows respect and is never unhappy until I or my wife has to leave without her. She has never been hit, had her nose rubbed in anything or been crated due to my wife's and my personal views on proper training, being parents we used the corner as a punishment and the response I've received is clear that she got what she needed without the negatives such as poop eating or bladder control issues. She is my best friend and I wouldn't trade her for the world. Happiness comes so easy with her and companionship is her greatest feature. The most difficult feature is her excitement, she tends to like to jump up a lot. But that is my fault as I am a lover of her humanistic hugs. She does not bite in fact I can play tug-of-war with her by hooking my finger across her canine teeth and pulling without her ever biting down or causing me pain. She was terribly shy in the beginning and is still shy when meeting adults however new dogs and cats and kids have no problem getting her attention, especially children. My wife and I agree there is no other breed of dog we will ever get.